MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - On Wednesday gas stations saw streams of people buying lottery tickets, hoping to strike it rich as South Carolina's latest millionaire, ahead of Wednesday nights $500 million Powerball drawing.
The run to Wednesday's jackpot drawing has produced a $1 million winner in South Carolina already, and the $500 million pot is the fourth largest in Powerball history.
The Powerball game got a makeover in October, according to a spokesperson for the South Carolina Lottery. It lowered the odds of winning the jackpot from one in 176 million to 1 in 293 million. A 10x megaplier when jackpots are $150 million or less, and a new $50,000 prize were also part of the new game changes.
While most of us dream of winning the lottery, it's tough to imagine exactly how much half a billion dollars will get you, so we did some digging to put it in perspective.
Even if you took the $306-million dollar cash option, that's 7254 times what the average Horry County resident makes in a year.
Like the backgate bridge? Well, with this money you could build at least two more.
Win, and you could be worth more than some of the highest paid celebrities like Judge Judy and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Many locals said, they don't need celebrity status, they'll take what they can get.
"3-million dollars would make me feel good," local Mike Owen said. "I'm retired you know that would be a big win to help your friends and family."
"Even if I don't win the big one," Local lotto hopeful Eric Lange said, "I hope I win something because something is better than nothing."
If the jackpot drawing yields no victor in Wednesday's drawing, the pot will grow even larger for Saturday's drawing, breaking the $590-million record set in 2013.
South Carolinians looking to get a ticket must do so by 9:59 p.m. for Wednesday's 10:59 p.m. drawing, which will air on WMBF News at 11 p.m.